TOMORROW: #IStandWithSJP – Support Fordham SJP in court
Fordham’s legal battle to ban Students for Justice in Palestine continues tomorrow November 24 at 2 p.m. ET, when the Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and co-counsel Alan Levine will participate in an oral argument in appellate court to support Fordham SJP’s right to organize.
You can help support Fordham SJP fight back against this suppression by:
The students created a short video talking about their struggles at Fordham — and what they’ve been doing since a lower court overturned Fordham’s ban in August 2019. We would really appreciate your support in sharing the video, which can be found on our YouTube page.
Note: There will be several cases heard on the day of Fordham’s hearing, and we’re not sure in what order we will be on the calendar.
Trans folks don’t just deserve to survive, they deserve to thrive: Trans Day of Remembrance (and Resilience!) 2020
On Friday, the world honored the dual meanings of Trans Day of Remembrance and Trans Day of Resilience by remembering and celebrating the lives of all trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Even in the midst of a global public health pandemic (one that is disproportionately affecting trans communities because of the U.S. government’s failure to protect them), rampant violence against trans people has not slowed down. 2020 has been a deadly year: at least 36 trans or gender non-conforming people have been murdered in the United States, and globally, at least 350 trans people have been killed.
Trans Day of Remembrance provides space for us to collectively grieve and mourn. The Center for Constitutional Rights takes this moment to pause and honor the trans siblings we have lost at the hands of state-sanctioned gender-based violence, misogyny, and transphobia. Including, but not limited to: Nina Pop, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, Tony McDade, and Brayla Stone. Because of the many ways in which race and class oppression heighten transphobic discrimination, it is particularly important for us to center poor, Black, trans women and femmes today as they are the most unprotected and vulnerable to lethal transphobic violence amongst us.
This day too is also a reminder of trans resistance and power. We celebrate Trans Day of Resilience as a call to action: we all must show up for and recognize the inherent worth and priceless contributions of trans folks.
Continue reading on our website.
Hot off the presses! The Center for Constitutional Rights Annual Report
We are excited and honored to present the Center for Constitutional Rights 2020 annual report. We were determined to produce this yearly roundup of accomplishments in light of the uncertainty of many aspects of life right now. History has its eyes on all of us. We want our supporters and partners to have no uncertainty about how each of you has stood up in this moment. For those who have supported us financially before, we request your continued partnership. If you haven’t yet, now is a great opportunity to start.
As chronicled in our annual report, our donors have allowed us to continue to do critical work in the middle of a deadly pandemic and a massive reckoning of racial injustice. We are so thankful to our supporters for making this possible in 2020. Thank you!
LISTEN: The Activist Files Episode 32: The Color of Surveillance
What happened to American Muslims who were placed or kept on the No-Fly List in retaliation for refusing to spy on their communities? That’s what our Senior Managing Attorney Shayana Kadidal and Ramzi Kassem, professor of Law and director of the CLEAR project (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) at CUNY School of Law, talked about in the 32nd episode of “The Activist Files.”
Ramzi argued Tanvir v. Tanzin before the U.S. Supreme Court October 6, 2020, and Shayana and the Center for Constitutional Rights are co-counsel (along with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP). They discuss how our clients’ lives were turned upside down by the FBI and how the men were removed from the No-Fly List just before their first major court date.
Listen to the episode on our website.